The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the 2019 NFL season with high hopes of proving that they could compete without either Le'Veon Bell or Antonio Brown. Unfortunately, they got hit with the injury bug early on with the loss of star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He has missed almost the entire season.
Amid speculation that Big Ben could consider retirement this offseason, the star quarterback has shut down those ideas. Roethlisberger took to his Twitter account to make it clear that he is motivated to come back next season.
P.S. Contrary to recent reports out there about my football future and my ‘uncertainty’ about playing again, I am working hard and am more determined than ever to come back stronger and better than ever next year!
— BigBen7.com (@_BigBen7) December 25, 2019
Pittsburgh desperately needs Roethlisberger to come back strong next season. Neither Mason Rudolph or Devlin Hodges has shown the ability to be a starting NFL quarterback. If the Steelers want to compete again, they will need their veteran quarterback to come back with a vengeance next season.
At 37 years old, Roethlisberger is still going to be a feared quarterback even after this injury. His career success speaks for itself.
It will be interesting to see what approach the Steelers take this offseason. Will they look to draft a young quarterback to develop behind Roethlisberger? Or will they stick with Roethlisberger and hope that he has a few more quality years left in him?
Either way, the Steelers need him to bounce back. Hopefully, this injury won't impact him long-term and he can get back to leading Pittsburgh to the postseason. If that does end up happening, the Steelers are going to be a fun football team to watch once again.